Moving to a smaller home, known as ‘downsizing’, can have its advantages. If the kids have moved out, you may no longer have a need for all the space in your home – downsizing could result in cheaper bills, less to clean and a cozier feel. Downsizing could also be necessary when moving to a more expensive neighborhood (such as moving from the country to a city) – a smaller place could allow you to live more affordably whilst reaping the opportunities that the neighbourhood brings. Downsizing could even be a means of saving money so that you can then eventually upsize.
Of course, downsizing does have its challenges. The biggest of these challenges is knowing what to do with all your stuff. You may not be able to fit it all in your new home. Here are just a few tips that can help you downsize efficiently.
You should start by measuring your furniture and then measuring the space in your new home. This could be something you do before you’ve even settled on a home – whilst looking around properties, you can bring a tape measure and make sure that your most treasured items fit. Beds, sofas, wardrobes, and kitchen appliances are some of the biggest items you may want to measure up. Check not only that each room has enough space, but there’s enough space in the corridors to manoeuver these items into your home. You should hire movers to get these items into your new home if you think it will be a tight squeeze. These professionals will know the best way of getting these items into your home without causing damage.
Decluttering is likely to be essential when downsizing. Start doing this several months before you plan to move so that you have enough time to sell or donate any items that you think may still have a use. Start with the biggest clutter zones such as the loft and slowly work your way through each room from there. Incentives such as hiring a skip or hosting a yard sale could be useful ways to get rid of excess stuff.
Consider moving items into storage
If you want to keep onto items but don’t have the space for them, there may be the option of renting out storage. This will be an extra cost, but it could allow you to keep onto treasured possessions. Storage is useful for items that don’t need to access often – this could include hobbyist equipment, suitcases or holiday decorations.
Opt for space-saving furniture
It could be worth buying new furniture that is more space-efficient. This could include a sofa with in-built storage or a dining table that can be folded away. You may also be able to buy multi-purpose appliances such as a washer-dryer to also save space. You could even look into customized corner sofas and shelving units that can be built to the shape of each room.